Sunday, January 9, 2022

Snowy days

We've had lots of snow over the last week.

We also had another 24-hour power outage. Ah, it's good to test one's preps every so often.

It always seems things are more noticeable in snow. Who looks closely at pine trees except in winter?

Lots of activity at the bird feeder, needless to say. This is a lesser goldfinch (green-back form).

Our resident herd of elk have been hanging around too.

Snow also brings out all the neighborhood men, who pit their machinery against the forces of nature. Some have back blades, some have bulldozers, some have truck-mounted plows, some have road graders, some have bobcats – and all pitch in to clear a portion of the road. It's what country neighbors do.

The results are sometimes mixed (to put it charitably), but at least the road is passable.

This chunky chunk was left smack in the middle of our lower driveway.

But that's okay. Don can push it aside with the tractor next time he uses it.

One evening we had just the tiniest bit of color on the western horizon, backlighting a distant farmhouse.

The hardening snow had a slick surface.

We're in for a clear spell over the next week or so. We'll even break freezing a few times. We'll see what's left of the snow after that.


  1. You may have mentioned this already. If so, I don’t recall. Have you found a place to worship and started fellowship meals with new friends since you moved?

    1. Yes and no. We've found a good church that has a Word alone eschatology. But it's not always easy to get to it during snowy weather. I believe God understands.

      As far as potlucks go, that will take some time. We've met many of the neighbors, and even plowed a few of them out. But developing close relations in the country is a process that can't be hurried. It's sort of like "No man is a prophet in his own country." It doesn't matter much just how "country" you were in your old place, in your new neighborhood you're a green horn until you've proved otherwise. Most of the folks around us have lived in the community for years. You can't break in to that community. You have to be invited. Try to hurry the process and you'll do more harm than good. But we're making friends. Everything comes in it's own time.

    2. I completely understand. I’ve always lived in the country, and we are a rare breed. I don’t know, maybe making city friendships is difficult, too. I’ve never done that.

  2. Ice will be left of that snow, ice. That's what we got left with. We had to travel into town and a previous driver who was the first one left ruts in the slush/ice and that is where everyone else went. Lucky the road was plowed by the time we got home late that afternoon. That was for the first day, now everything is ice.

  3. Pretty pretty! Do you ever make pine needle tea from those picturesque trees?

  4. Beautiful pictures. Bring back memories. Was raised in Western Pennsylvania. Lived on Arctic coast Alaska and in R.I.. Now live in SE Arizona, 50 miles from the Mex.border, high valley - 4000 ft elevation. In view are 8 mountain ranges ranging up to 11,000 ft elevation. Several family members from the Pocono Mtns agree with me - The snow on the mountains is beautiful, and that is where it belongs.
    Enjoy your beautiful winter.